On Being the New Kid

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It isn’t easy to be the new kid. I know that from personal experience. I attended six different schools in five states before 7th grade, so there was a part of me that… Continue reading

The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo Giveaway — Contest Closed

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Do you have a weak spot for escapist fiction? Perhaps you are a head-in-the-clouds sort of person who always has a fantasy novel stashed in your bag. If so, I expect you related… Continue reading

Imaginary Worlds: A Guest Post by Drew Weing

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We may be trying some new things on Books in Bloom this year as you saw in Zack’s post last week, but one thing is certainly staying the same: regular author/illustrator guest posts.… Continue reading

New Year…New Format!

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From politics (Trump, Brexit) to sports (Olympics, Cubbies winning World Series) and everything in between, 2016 was an interesting year, to say the least.  As the calendar turns to 2017 and people are… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite 2016 Nonfiction

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I love nonfiction! And 2016 has seen so many wonderful nonfiction titles for young readers. Here are some of my favorites—and though my nonfiction TBR list is quite lengthy, I’m always looking for… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite 2016 Fiction

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So many books, so little space in a blog post! These are my favorite fiction titles from 2016, which makes this a highly personal list. I like to read books in almost every… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite 2016 Picture Books

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Every year is the same: I gush about how many excellent picture books were published during the year and complain how difficult it is to choose my favorite ten or twelve or baker’s… Continue reading

Going Rogue

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In case you hadn’t heard (ha…yeah right!), another chapter in the Star Wars saga will be revealed in theaters tomorrow… Though not an “official” episode (the ones featuring the iconic Roman numerals), this… Continue reading

Why Snow White?: A Guest Post by Matt Phelan

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Matt Phelan’s newest book, Snow White: A Graphic Novel, takes an old story and re-imagines it with an early twentieth century back drop. The result is an atmospheric tale that will be perfect… Continue reading

Books to Keep You Guessing

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I don’t read a lot of mysteries or thrillers, but sometimes there is nothing better than a book that you just can’t put down because you have to know what’s going to happen… Continue reading